Bet On The 2021 Kentucky Derby – Odds and Picks

The biggest race in the USA is only a few days away and I can feel the hype starting to build up for the horse racing season.  The Kentucky Derby is the second most bet on sporting event in North America, only second to the Super Bowl, which shows that this race is big business.

This years Derby is back to its normally scheduled date on the first Saturday of May. It will also return to it’s regular position as the first leg of the Triple Crown, after last years race was postponed to September and ran after the Belmont Stakes.

A field of 20 horses is expected to run on Saturday, and with most of the these horses having only competed a few times, it will take some insightful handicapping to pick a winner.

In this article I’ll look at the morning line odds for all of the horses in this years Kentucky Derby and also provide a step by step guide to placing a bet on the Kentucky Derby this year.

2021 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

Here are the morning line odds for the race..  These odds were set by Mike Battaglia for the 47th straight year, and they are considered a prediction of what the odds will be on race day. The odds will change depending on the amount of money bet on each horse leading up to the race.

  1. Known Agenda 6-1
  2. Like the King 50-1
  3. Brooklyn Strong 50-1
  4. Keepmeinmind 50-1
  5. Sainthood 50-1
  6. O Besos 20-1
  7. Mandaloun 15-1
  8. Medina Spirit 15-1
  9. Hot Rod Charlie 8-1
  10. Midnight Bourbon 20-1
  11. Dynamic One 20-1
  12. Helium 50-1
  13. Hidden Stash 50-1
  14. Essential Quality 2-1
  15. Rock Your World 5-1
  16. King Fury 20-1
  17. Highly Motivated 10-1
  18. Super Stock 30-1
  19. Soup and Sandwich 30-1
  20. Bourbonic 30-1

The horses are listed in order of their post position.

My Pick

I’m on Essential Quality to win this race. Even at odds of 2-1 I think there is value on a horse that has proven himself as a winner. Essential Quality drew a solid post position. He should be able to run the race he wants from post 14.

Essential Quality has won all five races he’s entered in his career. This includes running down Highly Motivated down the stretch at last months Blue Grass Stakes to stay undefeated. Essential Quality hasn’t been blowing horses away, but he’s finding ways to win, and I think that will continue at the Derby on Saturday.

Play: Essential Quality 2-1

At the time of this article you can bet on Essential Quality in the sportsbook at odds of +275. I think that’s a great value bet because I expect him to close near his +200 morning line odds on race day.

How To Bet On 2021 Kentucky Derby in the USA

Here’s a quick 3 step guide to betting on the Kentucky Derby if you live in the USA.

Step 1. Open a Account

First you’ll need to open an account at  They are the biggest sportsbook that accepts American residents and also our top rated bookie for US players.  Bovada caters their sportsbook toward the American public, which means easy deposits and withdrawals, and a betting site that is customized for the needs of Americans.

Bovada is currently offering a sign up bonus of $250.

Step 2. Make Your Deposit

You’ll need to make a deposit in order to have funds to bet on the race.  Bovada accepts Bitcoin and credit cards.

Step 3. Place Your Kentucky Derby Bets

You should now be ready to bet on the Kentucky Derby!  Click on ‘Horses’ and then select ‘Churchill Downs’ and ‘Kentucky Derby’ to find the parimutuel odds on race day.

If you’re placing your wagers before race day, you can select ‘Horses Futures and Props’ in the ‘Sports’ section of the website. Here is a screenshot of the odds in the sportsbook (taken on April 27th):

I think that’s it guys.  Ready to bet?  Click here to visit…

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